Oct. 12, 2008
JERSEY CITY, N.J. - Winning on the road in the MAAC is always a difficult challenge, and that proved to be the case for the Loyola volleyball team on Saturday, which fell in three consecutive sets to St. Peter's, 25-19, 25-16, 25-23, at the Yanitelli Center.
With the loss, the Greyhounds drop to 4-16 (1-7 MAAC), while the Peahens used home-court advantage to push their record to 8-11 (4-3 MAAC).
St. Peter's hit .306 for the match while Loyola hit just .106 as a team. Saint Peter's had 40 kills, while Loyola managed just 26. The Peahens committed just 10 attack errors; Loyola had 16.
In the first set, Loyola found themselves down just one, 18-17, after a St. Peter's error and a kill by Loyola middle blocker Karlee Woodward. The Peahens, however, rallied off six of the next seven points to take a 24-18 lead. After a Schillinger kill, a Loyola serving miscue gave Saint Peter's the first set, 25-19.
Loyola hit a match-best .269 in the second set, but unfortunately, that wasn't enough as St. Peter's responded by hitting .708 in the set, thanks to 17 kills with no errors.
Up 16-13 in the second, Saint Peter's closed out the contest with seven kills and two service errors to claim the set, 25-16. After heading into the locker room down 2-0, the Greyhounds showed their resiliency in the third, battling back-and-forth with the Peahens. Loyola was more efficient in the third, hitting .167 to St. Peter's .158, but it wasn't enough to get the `Hounds a victory.
Finding itself down 11-8 in the middle of the frame, Loyola ripped off five consecutive points -- four of them kills -- to take a 13-11 lead. The Peahens responded with a five-point rally of their own just minutes though, and took a 19-15 advantage. Holding a 24-20 lead, St. Peter's looked on the verge of clinching the match. The `Hounds showed their fight, though, rallying for three straight points. A kill by St. Peter's Stephanie Phllips put the match away, 25-23.
Loyola continues its road trip tomorrow as it heads to Fairfield, Conn. to battle Fairfield. Match-time is scheduled for 2 p.m.